Au Revoir

As I sit in my room back in NYC I write this post with a heavy heart. No words can ever describe how much this trip meant to me and how much I’ve truly learned from it. Continue reading “Au Revoir”

Now watch me…

There was no wee fee (wifi) in the house and they insisted in showing me that they knew how to do this

My host family was just the absolute best!

Senegalese Street Vendors


These were amongst some of the popular things sold outside. Those sandwiches would be about 500 CFA (1 USD) and this one which I got by the African Renaissance monument was by far my favorite. I got it with chicken, noodles and fries (the lady accidentally put Yassa which I picked out). I was always afraid to eat outside because it is typical for someone who sees you eating to ask for food and you’re expected to share (saying no in Senegal is extremely uncommon)

While in Senegal one thing I must say is that you kind of have to forget about germs; food is handled with the same hands money is dealt with, gloves are never used and as I’ve previously stated..flies every where.

The first day was the only day I ate with my hands (for the experience), you can tell by how messy the sheet is in some parts that some of us did a better job than others with this (but we all made a mess). We would crush the rice into balls with our hand and use our thumbs to put it in our mouth. If you ever had a bone you would place it under the plate in your designated triangular area. 


These are very popular in Senegal and the closest thing I could relate these to are empanadas. They are usually stuffed with onions and (spicy) ground beef and can come in a variety of different sizes.

Creepy Crawlers

One of the hardest adjustments for me which I don’t think I fully adjusted to while in Senegal were the amount of insects EVERYWHERE. There were all kinds, ants, roaches, mosquitos, etc. 

My biggest problems were the amount of flies on everything! In rooms, outside, on meat, on food…everything. Even on the meat that was being sold, I would just think about the fact that my mother would walk out of a butcher shop if she saw just one fly when I was younger and here I was in Senegal where all the meat was sold open and had millions of flies swarming over it. 

The next time I travel to Senegal I’m going packed with fly traps because the crawling on my skin was way too irritating. The Senegalese of course are a lot more used to it and more often than not seemed completely unbothered by it. 

Beautiful one month old baby boy I met while “interning” with Mama Fall

I asked for permission when taking these pictures

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